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    I second Bonobos. They make great pants that are flattering to wear. The wool is much better than anything at Banana Republic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by srlclark View Post
    What do you think of these S&M's? http://www.spierandmackay.com/produc...t___final_sale

    They're not pure wool, but my sense is that linen wouldn't reduce the quality of the garment in the way that a synthetic would. What do you think?
    I've seen that fabric in person and was also interested in perhaps buying them. It's hard to tell from online photos what the real material is like. That herringbone fabric, probably because of the linen content, has a surface texture that was unlike typical wool trousers. It was more matte, without the sheen of some 100% wool trousers. For that price (mind you it's $49 Canadian) it might be worth the risk.

    I've tried trousers from BR, J Crew, Club Monaco, BB, Epaulet and Spier and Mackay. So far Spier & Mackay (Contemporary fit) have worked the best for me. But like someone else said, you really need to try on many brands before you find out which ones fit you the best, as we're all build differently. Having said that, S&M prices are quite good, especially on sale, and the quality is above most of the stuff I've seen at BR or CM, and the lower end J Crew. Epaulet is another great brand, if you can handle the price. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scofield View Post
    probably, that sounds like me lol. those look good if you like everything else about it, i wouldn't let the fabric composition stop me from buying that
    Thanks! I like those pants, as I'm a big fan both of herringbone designs and of working brown into my wardrobe. It seems to me that most brown dress pants are either really dark browns that verge on black or really light tans/khakis/beiges, and I think these have a bit more character to them than either of those.

    While I'm at it, I think I'll pick up a pair of blue dress pants from S&M at the same time. Are there any that you'd recommend? Here's the lineup: http://www.spierandmackay.com/dress_trousers. I set the filter to blue, navy, and medium blue, but I'm not sure whether it'll work in the link. I'd prefer something that's not too dark. I like the ocean blue but perhaps it's more of an accent color after I get a more subdued medium/darkish but not navy first. (I do have a cheap pair of navy wool-blend dress pants but I wear them very rarely).

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    Quote Originally Posted by srlclark View Post
    Thanks! I like those pants, as I'm a big fan both of herringbone designs and of working brown into my wardrobe. It seems to me that most brown dress pants are either really dark browns that verge on black or really light tans/khakis/beiges, and I think these have a bit more character to them than either of those.

    While I'm at it, I think I'll pick up a pair of blue dress pants from S&M at the same time. Are there any that you'd recommend? Here's the lineup: http://www.spierandmackay.com/dress_trousers. I set the filter to blue, navy, and medium blue, but I'm not sure whether it'll work in the link. I'd prefer something that's not too dark. I like the ocean blue but perhaps it's more of an accent color after I get a more subdued medium/darkish but not navy first. (I do have a cheap pair of navy wool-blend dress pants but I wear them very rarely).
    i find navy too hard to wear, so i would also go for something in lighter blue, so ocean looks good. matches well with brown and gray blazers

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    If you're on a budget, Combat Gent has several nice looking designs. They won't be 100% wool however.

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    Putting in a vote for Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald fit dress pants. They are slim fit but a more traditional rise if you want to avoid the low rise options. Quality is excellent and you can get them for $100-120 if you stalk the sale section.

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    I recently tried on a ton of pants, and here's some of my input:

    - Lands End Year'Rounder Tailored Fit - honestly, they are just way too baggy. Good price, but they look terrible with slim shirts.
    - Spier & Mackay 100% wool trousers - bought a pair online, came with damaged thread. Got another pair, same issue. The fit was also terrible in the seat for me.
    - Banana republic - I picked up a pair of their "nanotex" 100% wool pants or whatever they are called for $50 on sale. Ended up going with these - nice and slim + tropical weight wool which is nice for hot weather. The seat isn't perfect on me, and some threading is a little loose, but $50 for 100% wool is a steal.
    - Bonobos Jetsetter pants - absolutely love these, but at $180, not worth it to me
    - Bonobos weekday warriors (cotton) - hated these. These have a softness to them, but it means they look far too casual and not crisp enough for an office. They are like a weird hybrid of formal style with casual material.

    Howard Yount looks good, but given the price and inability to try them on I didn't want to risk it. Same for SuitSupply. If I saw some of these pants closer to $100-$120 I'd be more inclined to snag them.

    The other option that looks really good is Jomers for around $70, but they are never in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastitis View Post
    I really like the Bonobos Foundation trousers. Not at full price though, but on sale, well worth it.
    Sorry to reopen an old thread, but what has your experience been with these? I just ordered some in the 40% off sale items offer and cannot understand why they are saying a 100% cotton pant should be dry-clean only?

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